User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Tetradrachm of Kingdom of Bithynia with head of Nikomedes II

Start collecting

Obverse: Diademed head of Nikomedes II to right Reverse: Zeus stands, head left, right hand extended, holding sceptre in left hand. At left, eagle on thunderbolt. Inscriptions in Greek and monogram. (see media screen for Greek inscriptions and monogram)


From a hoard (MFA 65.62-65.99) found in 1960 at Çesme; 1960: purchased from a Greek dealer on behalf of MFA by Cornelius C. Vermeule III; purchased by MFA from Cornelius C. Vermeule III, February 10, 1965

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Hellenistic Period, 131–130 B.C.


Bithynia (Kingdom)


Diameter: 35.5 mm. Weight: 16.12 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins